• Short Summary

    FINNS WENT TO THE POLLS, FEB 4-5, TO ELECT A PARLIAMENT TO SUCCEED THE ONE DISSOLVED AFTER THE SOVIET NOTE IN NOVEMBER OVER THE "THREAT FROM WEST GERMANY."
    NINE PARTIES WITH 1200 CANDIDATES CONTESTED IN THE ELECTION - THE SECOND WITHIN THREE WEEKS.

  • Description

    FINNS WENT TO THE POLLS, FEB 4-5, TO ELECT A PARLIAMENT TO SUCCEED THE ONE DISSOLVED AFTER THE SOVIET NOTE IN NOVEMBER OVER THE "THREAT FROM WEST GERMANY."
    NINE PARTIES WITH 1200 CANDIDATES CONTESTED IN THE ELECTION - THE SECOND WITHIN THREE WEEKS. PRESIDENT KEKKONEN, RE-ELECTED IN THE JANUARY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, LEADS THE AGRARIAN PARTY, IN OFFICE FROM 1959 UNTIL OCTOBER 1961.

    THE PRESIDENT CALLED FOR NEW ELECTIONS AFTER THE SOVIET NOTE, WITH A HOPE OF SEEING A COALITION GOVERNMENT UNITED IN UPHOLDING FINLAND'S NEUTRALITY.

    THE QUESTION OF MILITARY TALKS AND MUTUAL AID IS NOW IN SUSPENSE FOLLOWING THE PRESIDENT'S TALKS IN THE SOVIET UNION WITH MR. KHRUSHCHEV.

    SEEN BY THE FINNS AS AN ACHIEVEMENT, THIS AND THE PRESIDENT'S RESIGNATION PLEDGE IF HIS NEUTRALITY POLICY FAILED, WAS EXPECTED TO INCREASE THE AGRARIANS 47 OF THE 200 SEATS IN THE LAST PARLIAMENT.

    THE FINNISH COMMUNIST PARTY SEEK TO INCREASE THEIR 50-SEAT HOLD. IN HELSINKI, MEMBERS OF THE PARTY'S YOUTH BRANCH PARADED THROUGH THE STREETS WITH PLACARDS: "EVERY VOTE FOR THE COMMUNISTS."
    MEANWHILE, THE FINNISH STUDENT'S UNION, AT A BRIEF CEREMONY IN HELSINKI, LIT A TORCH TO MARK THE FINNS' FIRST VOTE IN AN ELECTION 600 YEARS AGO DURING SWEDISH RULE.

    THE OTHER MAJOR PARTY, FORMERLY IN ALLIANCE WITH THE AGRARIANS IS THE SOCIAL DEMOCRAT PARTY. OVER 2 MILLION FINNS ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE.

    WHILE THE STANDARD OF LIVING IN FINLAND IS HIGHER THAN AT ANY TIME SINCE WORLD WAR TWO AND UNEMPLOYMENT IS LOW, BOTH PARTIES HOPED TO REDUCE THE COMMUNIST REPRESENTATION IN PARLIAMENT. "NOW OR NEVER", PROCLAIMED THE ANTI-COMMUNIST ELECTION CAMPAIGNERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6I7GDSI02HHANQKUSC47EUQ6Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA6I7GDSI02HHANQKUSC47EUQ6Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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